Monday, February 18, 2013

The Latest on Winston Academy Vandalism Investigation

The Latest on Winston Academy Vandalism Investigation: Local law enforcement indicate that media reports over the weekend that suggested that others may have been involved in Saturday's vandalism at Winston Academy and that retaliation or school rivalry were motives are not supported by evidence at this point in their investigation.

20 year old Vernon Brown and 18 year old Hunter Glass were arrested on Saturday and are currently being held for the vandalism and theft that occurred at Winston Academy in Louisville in the early hours of Saturday morning. Extensive damage was done to multiple buildings and classrooms at the school as well as the theft of a number of items including computers.

WWN spoke with Chief L.M. Claiborne, Sheriff Jason Pugh and other officials on Monday morning. All indicated that the investigation points to the involvement of the two in custody and no one else. Paraphrasing as follows, "There is no evidence at this time that a Winston Academy student was involved in any way in what happened Saturday nor is there evidence that the Academy was targeted for any specific reason."

The investigation continues and is not concluded. Officials have recovered some of the stolen items including several computers that were tossed into a local creek.

Cleanup has continued at the school over the weekend and today and classes for the school's roughly 500 students are expected to resume on Tuesday.

Unfortunately, school vandalism is not an uncommon occurrence and has occurred at all area schools in the past - the most recent incidences at Eiland and Nanih Waiya. However, no damage has been as significant or as costly as this weekend's event.

W. McCully